I’m not sure if any of you will be interested in what we’ve done over these last few days, now that Chinese New Year finished a week ago, but hey ho, you’ll just have to bookmark this post for next year! 😉
A few of our families attended the procession in Manchester for the first time, the day before we came back to school this week. I thought it would be a lot more meaningful for them after the experience, than before so set up some related activities for them to enjoy…
We talked about the link with Chinese New Year & the colours, red & gold. This sensory tub was great fun to explore. I found the gold ‘scoops’ in a Manchester Chinese wholesalers.
‘Noodles’ on the Finger Gym
I wish our Chinese takeaways came in cartons like this! I got these from eBay & we used them in various activities. The ‘noodles’ here are actually cut up pieces of wool. If this activity was in the water tray I’d have used spaghetti, but I think the cleaner would have had a heart attack if I’d have used them here, as my Finger Gym is on the carpet 😉
Red Envelope Fine Motor Fun
Using tweezers to put the ‘lucky’ pennies into the red envelopes…
Transient Patterns & Chinese Characters
I’ve had these Mandarin numbers for years now. There are lots of sites which produce versions of them. I’m not actually sure where these particular ones came from (could have been the TES), but if anyone knows, please let me know so that I can credit the source!!
They children enjoyed using their fine motor skills to trace the chalked characters & of course they also had the opportunity to attempt to write some themselves.
When we needed the large table for some painting, I transferred the sand to a smaller round tray…
You can see the maths opportunities I provided for Chinese New Year last year here. We’ve had some similar activities this year, but instead, I created numbered dragon heads so that the children had the challenge of threading the correct number of beads for the tail. I got the dragon head image from here & added the numbers myself.
The following is just the same as the counting activity we completed in this Christmas post, but instead of Christmas boxes I used Chinese takeaway cartons & just selected red & gold baubles.
I always set up the Chinese New Year ‘race’ with small world figures; it’s a fab way to encourage story retelling…
… this year, I made story stones too…
… we also told it outside…
Play Dough Fun
Again, a bit of a red & gold theme going on with this…
The children love looking at the Chinese characters so the free Chinese newspapers (from the wholesalers) were very popular…
Numbers on the Light Box
The laminated cellophane numbers have come out again…
Red & Gold on the Mirror Box
The simple red, black & gold paintings (with a touch of glitter) were simple but effective…
Kung Hei Fat Choy!
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)